Cover Love: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

This new “Cover Love” series is inspired by the “Judging Books by Their Covers” series previously run at Quirky Bookworm.

Please note that this post includes spoilers.

If you haven’t read Dark Matter, I’m not kidding: the book is much better if read it without hearing spoilers. In other words, read the post only after you finish the book. If you still need to read it, find the book here: Print | Kindle | Nook | Audible | Goodreads.

Most cover images are taken from a question posted by Katie, who facilitated the discussion on the book in the Facebook group. I’ve also quoted her commentary on the German and Spanish titles, as I thought it was very insightful.

Dark Matter American hardback cover

The American hardback cover, and the one I was familiar with before searching for additional covers. It’s eye-catching, but before reading the book I didn’t care for it. After finishing the book, I can appreciate the subtle hints it provides to the story.

Dark Matter American paperback cover

The American paperback cover. I feel like this is more distracting than the very similar hardback version, but emphasizes the thriller aspect of the novel.

Dark Matter Australian cover

The Australian version. I get what they’re doing with what looks like red paper cut into strips, but it doesn’t do much for me as a cover, and it wouldn’t make me pick up the book.

Dark Matter German cover

The German cover. “The subtitle is odd, because he’s not a time-traveler, he’s a multiverse traveler. But time travel is Zeitreise, so I guess maybe the plural Zeiten conveys the multiple worlds? And then runner because it’s a race to return to his life/the thriller aspect. Mostly I just love the blurb, because Wahnsinn (craziness) is one of my favorite words in German, and also totally describes this book! Germans and their understatement.”

Dark Matter Spanish cover

The Spanish cover “focuses more on the dark matter of the title (materia obscura = dark matter), with all the little drops of oily black, but it also reminds one of the examples Jason2 uses to explain the multiverse to Daniela, describing each universe as a pond and the fish inside have no idea there are other ponds and a world that holds them.”

Dark Matter Twitter promotional cover

Promotional cover posted to Twitter. Makes complete sense once you know the story, and I’m surprised it was never used in any other way (apparently).

UK paperback cover. I like the maze-like appearance, and that Amanda is there, as she was such a great character. This may be my favorite cover.


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